Is travelling to Swedish Lapland on your bucket list? If so, a new direct flight route from London has been announced that will make the journey there more convenient.

The exterior of Icehotel in Swedish Lapland in the snow
The new direct flight will be convenient for the Icehotel © Asaf Kliger

The twice-weekly Scandinavian Airlines flights between London’s Stansted airport and Luleå in northern Sweden will operate on Mondays and Fridays from 18 December 2020 through to 15 March 2021. According to Visit Lapland, the direct flights are predicted to make the journey 18% - 20% more carbon-efficient, helping to reduce the impact of travel to the region. In addition, Luleå Airport was one of the first net zero airports in Europe for carbon emissions.

The aurora borealis at night
Swedish Lapland is a great place to see the Northern Lights © Visit Lapland

Luleå is the capital of Norrbotten, and it's a laid-back university town and an important high-tech centre. It offers a wide range of activities, where visitors can hunt for Northern Lights from a hot air balloon, join a hovercraft tour to the Luleå Archipelago, drive a snowmobile and even join in with some ice yoga.

The Arctic Bath in Swedish Lapland at night
The Artic Bath has opened its doors to the public © Daniel Holmgren / Arctic Bath

It is also home to the cool Treehotel, where guests can stay in seven different treehouses, and it is perfectly placed for those who wish to explore the attractions of the surrounding areas. These include the recently-opened Artic Bath hotel near the small village of Harads and the ever-popular Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi.

People boarding a plane in the snow
The new flights will begin in December 2020 © Visit Lapland

“This is fantastic news for those travelling who will now be able to enjoy even more time on the ground to enjoy and experience all this spectacular region of Northern Europe has to offer," says co-founder of, Mark Hayward. "With an active city, stunning wilderness activities, culture and heritage, as well as great transport links to other regions of Lapland, Luleå is a perfect destination for visitors to experience the Lapland region."

To find out more about Luleå and book local activities and guides, please check out Visit Lapland.

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